Using White’s statement as a prompt, discuss how two related examples of architecture express an idea of a ‘radical revision of what is meant by history’. How do they both confirm and deny their historical moment? It is important to investigate the nature of the relation between the two works, either by, for example, direct influence, similarity of ambition, ultimate effect or directly opposite ambitions.

Essay Question:

‘I take modernism to be a cultural movement which crystallized sometime between 1910 and 1930 as a response to (rather than as only an expression of) the process of modernization that sought to rationalize and thereby demystify the world, destroy superstition and religion, demythify politics, and make the world safe for capitalism. I stress that, for me, cultural modernism is a response to modernization – positive or negative, as the case may be – in the domain of the symbolic, in which the aim is to set up an alternative ‘imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence’ (Althusser) to those prevailing during the nineteenth century in European society. In this sense, modernism in general can be seen as a vision of reality which presumes the necessity of a radical revision of what is meant by ‘history.’

Hayden White, ‘Modernism and the Sense of History’, in Journal of Art Historiography,Glasgow, 15,  (Dec 2016): 1-15.

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Using White’s statement as a prompt, discuss how two related examples of architecture express an idea of a ‘radical revision of what is meant by history’. How do they both confirm and deny their historical moment? It is important to investigate the nature of the relation between the two works, either by, for example, direct influence, similarity of ambition, ultimate effect or directly opposite ambitions.

Essay Question:

‘I take modernism to be a cultural movement which crystallized sometime between 1910 and 1930 as a response to (rather than as only an expression of) the process of modernization that sought to rationalize and thereby demystify the world, destroy superstition and religion, demythify politics, and make the world safe for capitalism. I stress that, for me, cultural modernism is a response to modernization – positive or negative, as the case may be – in the domain of the symbolic, in which the aim is to set up an alternative ‘imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence’ (Althusser) to those prevailing during the nineteenth century in European society. In this sense, modernism in general can be seen as a vision of reality which presumes the necessity of a radical revision of what is meant by ‘history.’

Hayden White, ‘Modernism and the Sense of History’, in Journal of Art Historiography,Glasgow, 15,  (Dec 2016): 1-15.

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